When to see an orthodontist
Although an orthodontist can improve a smile at any age, there is an ideal period for orthodontic treatment, which ensures better results in less time and expense. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, all children must undergo an orthodontic examination at the latest by the age of 7 years. Both dental problems and facial harm can be prevented if diagnosed early.
Early diagnosis often means avoiding permanent tooth extractions during orthodontic treatment or surgery, in case of severe skeletal problems. Parents should not wait until all permanent teeth have erupted, which usually happens at the age of 12.